Back in my day, the above picture was considered an appropriate form of pre-gaming. Ya know, that process where you psych up for the upcoming event…whatever that was. You could pre-game a sports game; you could pre-game a party; hell, there’s no rules about pre-gaming weddings. Pre-gaming is fun and gets you in the mood for whatever is to follow.

Growing up in sports, it was very common to see folks pre-game a competition. You’d see wrestlers jumping around; swimmers flailing their arms; throwers slowly going through motions with closed eyes. The pre-game is an important part of training and competition. In most cases, I’m a silent pre-gamer. I want to be as calm and dialed in as possible prior to whatever I’m doing. There have been exceptions, but I’m better calm. The only case I’ve seen where the pre-game of lifting was so completely off the rails was down in Texas when I first got there. Until now.

Bigg and I were watching some videos the other day different folks’ lifting and got some pretty big chuckles out of the pregaming going on. One deadlift attempt looked so much like Benedikt Magnusson pregame routine that we had to look at the plates again to see what the lift was. Now, I will not ever disrespect someone’s PR but JHMFCOAHB, if you’re going to replicate Bennie you better make sure there’s over 900# on that bar. SRSLY.

The more these goofballs watch the internet, the more pregame we’re likely to see duplicating the bigg dogs of sport. That’s fine. More entertainment for us.

In the meantime, here’s the pregame of the World’s Strongest Man Zydrunas Savickas prior to a 950+ pull…

…pretty focused I’d say. Not a lot of yelling and pacing. But hey, you silly boys screaming your heads off prior to benching 225# for a double, go for it.


The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

Muhammad Ali

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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